On International Women’s Day we celebrate and recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and girls around the world. In addition to celebrating these achievements, we also recognize the ongoing work necessary to achieve women’s equality.
To recognize the day, a few of the women at Agility PR Solutions shared what International Women’s Day means to them:
Arpita, Human Resources
We celebrate this day to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Imagining a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We can break the bias in our communities. We can break the bias in our workplaces. We can break the bias in our schools, colleges, and universities. Together, we can all break the bias. #Breakthebias
The impact of women championing and supporting other women can never be underestimated. But it shouldn’t be women championing women alone—in the pursuit of equality, workplaces, communities, cities, and countries collectively need to support women. There are so many ways we can do it: read books by women, support their businesses, listen to their music and podcasts, buy their art, elect them, promote them, listen to them! Every new generation of women builds upon the foundation left by their mothers and grandmothers. I hope that through my actions, personal and professional, I can help create a foundation that will empower the next generation.
For me, celebrating International Women’s Day is giving respect and honor to the accomplishments and rights of women around the world. It is also a way of recognizing their hard work and contribution to our society in building a more sustainable future for all. As a woman, I want also to contribute to our society by helping each other in times of difficulties, even in a simple way of giving what I can give, and also reminding every woman or girl in the world that they are important and loved in every way.
Pragya, Global Services
International Women’s Day is a reminder and an opportunity to put spotlight on issues and topics impacting women worldwide, socially, economically, and politically. No matter where we are in our personal and professional lives, we can all contribute to the betterment and awareness of issues impacting women. I endeavor to take every opportunity and influence available to me to help and encourage women from all spheres to go for their ambitions, not doubt themselves, and impart the message that putting themselves first is not a selfish act.
International Women’s Day goes beyond simply celebrating ourselves verbally as women, but really digging deep within to unlock our freedom from the internal constructs that have challenged and continue to challenge our essence. It is teaching ourselves to trust who we truly are on the inside in order to propagate change that is deeply impactful first to ourselves, and then to the people around us. That’s what we celebrate. Happy International Women’s day to all the incredible women around the world. I hope we stay reminded that tomorrow will always be better as long as we honor who we are.
There are still millions of women all over the world who are denied their rights because they are female, thus, significant inequalities remain. Women are still underrepresented at all levels of decision-making worldwide. According to research by Catalyst, 30% of all CEOs and managing directors worldwide are female, and recent statistics by Women in Politics sees less than 25% of females participating in national-level parliaments globally. To make the move towards a more sustainable future, we need equal participation in global efforts to protect and regenerate our planet that truly represents the lived experience.
Visit the official International Women’s Day website to learn more about today and how you can participate in sharing #BreakTheBias.